Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World


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The world’s largest VRMMO, Conviction, was almost like a second world for humanity. It had integrated itself into the real world’s economy, with both corporations and individuals seeking their fortunes through the game.

In this game, Nie Yan prided himself in his Level 180 Thief. He could barely be considered among the top experts in the game. Though, that was the only thing he could take pride in. He was penniless and unable to advance in life; a situation he was forced into by the enemy of his father. If it weren’t for the little money he made by selling off items in Conviction, he would’ve barely been able to eat. In the end, he chose to settle his matters once and for all. He assassinated his father’s enemy. He lay dying shortly after being shot in the pursuit.

However, that wasn’t the end of his story. Instead, he awoke moments later to find that he had reincarnated into his past-self. Armed with his experience and knowledge of future events, he sets out to live his life anew.

Rebirth of the Thief Who Roamed The World average rating 4.2/5 - 496 user ratings
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New Arosecj rated it
July 20, 2017
Status: c234
I love it. Nie Yan, also known as Nirvana Flame, goes back in time. With the skills of a gamer who's played the same game for years, he is back at the games beginning. He decides to use his knowledge to build a foundation of wealth, fame, and power so that his father can successfully start up his future business, and prevent his version 1''s tragedy. With friends he comes to know as brothers, he leads his guild to unheard of heights... All for the people he loves. Add in... more>> the fact he has a certain special someone he's waiting for in-game, and you've got yourself a heart pounding series with a logical main character who leads with emotion despite having such a head on his shoulders, a rare kind of hero known as a leader. <<less
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New TSR rated it
July 20, 2017
Status: c995
The story was ok, however the author made constant mistakes on the rules of the game, there are lots of good side character that don't get much development, the same on the romace side.

The MC heavily abuse his knowledge of the game,  because he "remember" everything of a game that he played 10 years ago.

If you can ignore the flaws on the story, it is a fun read but nothing special.
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jacobpaige rated it
April 17, 2016
Status: --
Written at chapter 13:

If you liked TDG, then you'll probably like this. Its basically the same story with a smaller cast, a (so far) more likable MC, a different setting and the BS luck meter turned up a few notches.

That said, its poorly written. The author clearly has no idea if the people are playing a full immersion VRMMO or a standard point and click MMO with a VR headset. No matter which one you try to pretend he's describing, you'll find gaping plot holes to prove you wrong.

The... more>> MC never really has to work for anything and I doubt he ever will. If something doesn't seem to be going his way, wait a few paragraphs, it'll turn into a fortuitous event that would cause others to spit up blood and writhe with envy. The author likes to handwave this with "destiny" and "luck" even though the readers know its just poor writing and the kind of laziness that causes him to think that building foundations in his story is unnecessary.

Honestly, I can't recommend this series to anyone other than TDG fans. <<less
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null rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c100
To sum this story up : MC wish fulfillment bullsht every chapter (at least up to raw ch 100 that I read).

Need money ? he got 1001 ways to get money. Need skill books ? 1:10000 drop rate lets bend it to 100% drop rate. no drop no problem , other people gonna sell it on auction house or vending stall. or wait , he gonna get it for free because he is MC. Need people for raid ? boom , everyone wants to party with MC. People PK him... more>> or his friend ? here comes free gears.

I rate this 3/10 or early stage brain cancer inducing novel. Rounded down to 1/5 because no positive review from few other people that read this till the end. <<less
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chillyk rated it
June 5, 2016
Status: c22
Gosh! This novel was amusing to read. Kept on reading until I realized that not many chapters were out...It also kind of reminds me of The King's Avatar because the main character has knowledge and skills that exceed others.
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shuiko rated it
July 22, 2016
Status: c32
The series is actually ridiculously troll and funny all at the same time. Plus the combat and characters interactions are top notch.

As a add-on, MC is on the OP side of things, but he's not like a god, he just maximizes what he has.

If you're waiting for English TL well... I pray for your soul.
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pandicorn rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: c100
I don't really get the hate around here tho. Sure MC is lucky, Sure his love interest has as much personality as a toenail. Sure he pretty much gets almost everything that he wants and because of that I for one would rate the originality and plot 2/5 but story wise its quite fun. Story telling is a solid 4 I think. Decent descriptions and interactions that will keep you entertained throughout the read lest you be sherlock. What I like about mad snail is that his flow is good.... more>> The transition between mini arcs of what the MC needs to do is smooth and the mini arcs are interesting as well. Is he a cheat, of course he is. Just like any other xianxia or CN MC out there. If that's your reason to diss the novel than maybe you're in the wrong place. <<less
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Potatos rated it
January 6, 2017
Status: c123
3/5, not bad.
To me at least, it was honestly very immersing and I binge read it until the latest chapter at the time which was about chapter 80-ish. However, it all went downhill from there...... not so bad that it would be a cliff fall, but a pretty steep hill.
Before I get on to that though, first what made the earlier chapters great:
- May partially be because I've only read 1 vr novel before this, but it was refreshing and new
- Main character is reasonable and... more>> doesn't behave like a lunatic for no real reason(sighs, you know you've read too many bad novels when you can say this)
- MC has realistic interactions with others, girls and guys do not fall head over heels for him at first sight
- NO HAREM!!!! :) not that they're bad, but they are very rarely written well,
- MC is not EXTREMELY lucky(still lucky though, but that's the expected plot armor)

What killed it for me:
- MC starts to forget about reality. I think it was about chapter 95 or something that I realized he hadn't been out of the vr world in a really long time. He's left like once in the past 40 chapters...
- MC used to have real life goals like studying and becoming strong, but at this point I'm pretty sure he has forgotten all about them
- MC and presumed love interest have seen each other ONCE throughout the translated chapters
- MC does not eat or sleep.
- Too much stuff is crammed in at once. It's sort of similar to Reincarnator where the MC doesn't get a break and there is way too much action crammed in at once. Not that I like filler chapters, but at this point the MC's mental health is going to plummet.

Good for me, bad for novel:
- MC's dedication to game and lack of life makes me feel not-so-bad about myself. At least I go out once in a while. <<less
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Trent rated it
July 19, 2016
Status: c16
At first I was impressed. Later on I wasn’t.

Viewed one way, the transition between reality and game is smooth. And then you realize that perspective doesn't give a reliable indication of the author’s skill, and he’s just writing whatever he feels like. He farts on logic and sanctifies inconsistencies.

The virtual world in this novel is a fun place when it’s making sense. But seriously, I have no idea what I’m reading by this point. The MC is a patchwork. The author isn’t picky with his clichés, and just puts one... more>> after another without shaping them to fit the story.

Eventually, I may try reading more in the hope that it improves. For now, I'd give it 2.5 stars. <<less
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Liesmith rated it
September 12, 2016
Status: c65
This is a pretty terrible book. Positive first: I don't think there's any problem with the translation; the English is fine, reads like a native speaker. if i was just measuring the translation it'd be around 3 stars, I think.

Unfortunately, that's it. That's the positive. The book is really quite bad. The main character seems to always get his way, minor early setbacks to demonstrate that he's not invincible aside. he's poor, but he has exactly enough money to buy a VR headset and he's gonna be rich almost immediately.... more>> he needs a new dagger, he gets a new dagger. He needs to escape a dragon, a pack of powerful NPC knights are rolling through town at just the right time. He also makes little sense: the book starts with him thrown back in time ten years, after dying while murdering the man who ruined his father, and he chooses to take this opportunity to... devote himself to getting really really good at world of warcraft. His father, who he died avenging, has so far not been introduced in this story.

The other characters are shallowly written. We've met the girl in the game who is clearly the same as the pretty girl he knows in real life, the other pretty girl who is rude to him who is revealed to be a slut and therefore worthless (unlike our cool dude! He's strong, and cool, and not a tremendous loser at all), the friend who exists to suck up to him, the enemies and rivals who exist to say 'wow, this guy's the real deal!' all the time. the action isn't interesting, the videogame crap isn't interesting, the cosmology and worldbuilding are painted on. If you're obsessed with MMOs and your answer to the question of what you'd do if you had 10 years of your life back was 'i'd cheat at MMOs' then maybe this is the book for you. although you'd probably have more fun actually playing a game. It's impossible for me to sustain any interest in this book. <<less
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ScotlandForsythe rated it
May 2, 2016
Status: --
I really like this currently, but if a few wrong steps are taken it could turn out bad. It’s balancing on a tightrope right now… I’m a bit worried it’ll turn into a zhan long or some really flat repetitive thing… fingers crossed. ^-^
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porkbuns rated it
February 28, 2017
Status: c150 start off...we're supposedly in some sort of a futuristic world where businesses invest tons of money into VMMORPGs...and i'm not talking about the video game developer or the publisher, but into the actual game itself; to be more specific, they're backing guilds (providing funds for them using real money? much pay to win O.o) and investing into the economy within the game (apparently opening up stores, auction houses, etc.). To be honest, I'm not sure I understand how they're suppose to earn a profit in real world money by... more>> investing into virtual economy inside of a game (it's never really explained, but hey...maybe I've just never personally delved deep enough into the gaming world to experience this aspect of it).


- the main character's parents strike it rich some how by helping the government smuggle (I don't get why it's smuggling when the government is paying them O.o) this rare and super revolutionary metal (that we're never going to know or hear anything about again) into the country and then starting up some sort of a metal smelting factory/company
- using the money they earn, they invest in this new VMMORPG that just came out they start up this big guild and do a bunch of stuff in the game (not really explain in detail either, but the main character said by doing this, it supposedly would have provided money for the family for years to come)
- then comes this other big bad businessman that starts another guild. using that guild, he demolishes everything that the main character's dad invested in (causing the main character's dad a big loss)
- unable to take the loss, main character's dad suicides and mom dies soon after
- pissed off, the main character somehow turns into some sort of a vigilante assassin by reading some magical training manual online and decides to go kill the businessman that ruined his dad
- he ends up killing the guy with a sniper rifle bullet to the head, but somehow ends up getting shot in the back while making his escape (worst assassin ever (I mean he did use a sniper, which means he should have been pretty far away, and I just don't see bodyguards carrying around high power rifles, especially not in Asia)? or just plain bad luck?)
- our MC ends up getting revived and somehow gets sent back in time, while he's at it
- having been given another chance, our MC decides to build up his power inside of a game in order to oppose the businessman that fucked over his dad (after reading 150 chapters...i still think this whole investing real life capital into a VMMORPG economy in order to make bank is just utterly ridiculous...)


Romance: complete and utter crap, might as well completely take it all out so I don't have to cringe every time the main character see a female character (the author describes and sexualizes the fuck out of every female entity we meet)

Now I'm just nitpicking a bit too much, but:

- the game's server seems to go down on almost a daily basis for maintenance right after it launches (the author seems to use this as an excuse to add in some crappy real life chapters here and there)
- BS OP items where there's apparently 1 of in the game and the main character just happens to get it (talk about being imbalanced)
- seems like a lot of skills have 30 sec cool down times (author mentions it for the 1st few skill he learns and just completely stops later on)
- the idea of forcing the player to create a character based on their real life appearance...I mean, what designer thought this was a good idea
- abysmal drop rate of items (even regular crafting items that cost 2 copper a pop seem to have a drop rate of 0.5%), but the main character seems to be able to miraculously get whatever he needs (most of the time)
- the fact that you have guilds full of assholes (literally tens of thousands of players) that go around kill stealing and player killing
- the fact that guilds would spend the effect to send out hundreds of people at the same time to hunt down 2 people


This is a decent read if you want to quickly flip through it real quick, but don't expect anything amazing :P <<less
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Gafiam rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: c76
I like these stories about time travel to correct your past like TDG and Emperor of Solo Play, so I'm liking this one a lot as well. Don't know what people are expecting however after reading some of the critics, obviously at the start, before he atracts too much attention to himself, he won't face an impossible setback, since most of the setbacks can be overcome by a person who is 10 years more mature than his age, with much more knowledge about the game universe than enyone else. So,... more>> the way the author is building the novel is being really enjoyable for me, I'm anxious to see in what position all these preparations will leave him later on. Knowing that the novel is already finished and the translator liked it to the point of translating it also brings me up a lot. <<less
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1life4death rated it
September 4, 2016
Status: --
Been a few months now, and the novel has a decent amount of chapters. so this is a more in depth overall opinion on this novel. It is still a good read and something that I come back to but at the same time, compare to others, I don't keep track of it as much anymore. My reasoning falls along the same line as most of the other low rating reviews, so I won't say much into it but if you want a general idea just look at Potatos... more>> review because his reason for why the novel kill it for him is basically the same for me. Especially the lack of interest in the real world outside of the game, even though it seem to play a major role in the novel especially at the beginning (was hoping to see more side stories into it).

***Old Review***:
found this today and by the time I was done, I caught up to the latest chapter. Think TDG meets VRMMO then that basically what this novel is. Still have some work to be done when it comes to the author's idea of VRMMO immersion and the often cliche's but overall still worth a read <<less
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Llamia rated it
May 10, 2016
Status: --
This story is very good so far. I really like second chance, time travel stories. The MC is this story is smart and he is taking his second chance in a very logical manner.
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HappyToaster rated it
June 15, 2017
Status: c204
It's basically enteftaining, but the MC gets handed so much on in a platter that it's hard to believe he's struggling.

Feels a bit too much like the author never played an online game. The game seems to require no patches to add content, no bugs exist (minus some exploits to kill enemies), and the administrators are strangely unconcerned that our MC clearly has insider knowledge.
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Astaroth rated it
April 14, 2017
Status: c444
The novel is actually quite good, especially for a mmorpg novel. And surprisingly the MC actually make use of his previous knowledge quite effectively.

The thing though is that this time he's trying to make his own guild so he can't just power level all the time, and at the same time he also has to learn some new things so his future knowledge from his 'rebirth' doesn't solve all this problems either.

Some of the minor issues with the novel however is how like most revive into the past & second... more>> chance novels the MC is OP and has a lot of future knowledge, but mostly only when it's convenient. Seemingly ideas that the Author come up with on the spot are supposed to have been known by the MC from the very beginning.

This means that at times things just don't add up, if you knew of this genius way to abuse the terrain and grind this spot, why wait til now to do it? Of course remembering everything perfectly is impossible, so it's natural that at times Nie Yan (the MC) will be reminded of things, but in my opinion, often times the objectives or current goals are simply too spontaneous and too little foreshadowing or planning. He'll remember something and then get said thing within the same chapter or so.

It's a bit of a contradiction since Nie Yan picks the same faction & class as his 'past' life because he is more knowledgeable and familiar, the more he would have changed the less of an advantage to leverage he would have, so it makes perfect sense. But despite that he doesn't really come up with any long term plans on how to achieve his goals.

He just suddenly remember things "Oh right, these items will be in high demand after the update in 2 days, I will buy them all up and resell for a profit."

So to recap: One thing I really think is well done with this novel is how unlike most other of these novels Nie Yan doesn't randomly change his race, class, or faction to throw away his strongest advantage.

And actually, the game is somewhat believable. Like if this was an actual game people could actually play it, you can't really say that about other novels. Those authors clearly doesn't know an iota about how a game can function.

Of course the EXP and insane grinding + the incredulous EXP penalties from dying (1 level default, then progressively more if you have killed other players, the more of them you kill the higher the penalty, there's even examples of losing like 5 levels in one go even though it take thousands upon thousands of monster kills on your own level to level up. And dying during a Guild War has an automatic -5 levels.)

But it's a little more believable (but still not very much) when you take into consideration that in the setting people have something like 16 to 20 hours of free time, even when going to school, and going to classes isn't mandatory. (There's probably less time if you have a job, but of course you make money by playing the game as well.)

And they're playing while being asleep, without any other rest required, so basically the only reason players don't play the game for 24 hours is because the game server is only online for 16 hours of each day. <<less
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Lumore rated it
April 1, 2017
Status: c995
Pretty good novel. The novel got a good start and is pretty good all along. There are some problem which are the fact that after the middle of the novel start to lack the precision and the deepness of the world we find in the beginning and as Mad Snail novel the ending is pretty rush but it is still quite good.
Well the novel is quite good from the beginning to the end but lack the sharpness we can find at the start.
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clowred rated it
November 13, 2016
Status: c101
Its completely all over the place. The entire story divides in thousands of pieces and then trows half of them outside the window hoping the reads will forget about them. We get a beginning where the protagonist is more of an modern wuxia hero who became some sort of vigilante, after which we get a nerd with too much self esteem. The main love interest appears in one chapter and then the MC completely forgets about her, unless he is comparing her with some other woman. The game elements are... more>> decent and enjoyable, but that's only because I'm comparing it to Zhan Long, from which this story steals a lot of elements. At least its not as long as Zhan Long and the conclusion will arrive faster. Still, considering 1/9 of the story is translated and the MC has barely done anything outstanding the story will most likely get a boost a little later and a lot of elements will be skipped so the MC could mingle both in RL and inside the game <<less
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aditya8795 rated it
April 23, 2017
Status: v1c87
I dont like the MMORPG type novels, i was expected to enjoy MLS but i dropped it. But this novel is a pleasant surprise. Of course I expected a lot from the legendary mad snail (I still hate him for dropping one of my all time fav novel - TDG, but I guess he must have his reasons) but the novel is fun to read. Not a masterpiece, but read if you need a book.
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acoleman2 rated it
March 3, 2017
Status: --
It's a fun read. Wish it was a little less wuxia, but no helping it I guess. More than anything, I'm just glad that there's another VRMMORPG novel being consistently and speedily translated besides Zhan Long. Cheers for picking this up WuxiaWorld/LittleShanks. As for recommendations to readers who like this: try the Hunter novel on GravityTales (all about the female Huntress game character), Emperor of Solo Play (different from this, but still a good game novel), and King's Avatar. King's Avatar is kinda the standard... more>> for all game novels in my opinion because it's the only one that really feels like gaming. <<less
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UnknownSaint171 rated it
February 5, 2017
Status: c139
Isn't this a bit over exaggerated? The Romance is just as bad as TDG. MC possessive and likes her because she's extremely beautiful. The Author seriously has a bad habit for Romance. Why couldn't it had been Yao Yao? She's stubborn, clever and funny...

It took me like 30-50Chapters to finally understand the world. Its kind of like a rip off Galactic Dark Net. But still passable.
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Apperantly he learned several Martial Arts and how to kill 'online' and became a professional killer... That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! The story is seriously unbalanced because of the situations between Real Life and Online. I thought it would be a Assassin reincarnation to another world story. But the way it is now there's no good balance or good direction to focus on the story.


If you can ignore the Romance. Then read this. Its really funny and I love the RPG game elements. Its good cheat world building. I love the Players interactions. It just feels to short and easy! I wish this was thought of properly..

I love the fact that Tang Yao whose a playboy falls in love with that Lou girl. You could say she saved him from dying since he in the previously life he died from being a womanizer. I think they suit each other. I still don't know if they'll end up together... I love the fact that the MC uses his friends as a shield to hide his identity but the story to fast to enable to join it. Before you know it your done with this. Its really short


For now i certainly love this more then TDG though... Its to soon to say <<less
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